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#ThinkAboutIt - Are You Willing to Disconnect?

Yes, I'm guilty.

I'm guilty of calling the Internet service provider's hotline to yell profanities at the telephone agent, who I knew could do nothing beyond making reports, logging the details, and transferring calls, at the other end of the line.

I'm guilty of looking at my smartphone's screen every now and then, anticipating a like, a favourite, or a comment. 

I'm guilty of getting in the know and consuming life updates from my friends and family through the World Wide Web.

Yes. I admit it! I'm guilty...

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What Your Music Library Says About You

The claim “I LOVE music” has been misused for so long. Some probably only really LIKE music not love it, but they wouldn’t know. What does it take to really prove you LOVE MUSIC? Show me your music library and I will tell you.

If the highlight of your music library is a playlist consisting of Katy Perry’s Roar, Lorde’s Royale, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Lana del Rey’s Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix), Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know, and Regina Spektor’s Samson, but nowhere to be found are Double Rainbow400 LuxAin’t No Hat 4 ThatCarmen and Après Moi, then you are a SINGLE person. The songs you listen to and stumble upon are dictated by the radio, VEVO, and TV shows and movies playing snippets of the latest singles released for a chance at Top 40. You tell me you LOVE music but I shake my head in disagreement. NO, you DON’T love music. You just LIKE music. You lack the initiative to seek out the rest of the tracks bundled with the albums the singles came from, which is a shame because there are many good album cuts that deserve to be released over the singles chosen by the artists and their labels. You bounce around chanting “Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-oarr!”. but you are missing out on 90’s disco throwback Walking On Air, “To-to-ni-i-i-ight!”, which I think is the better track.

Perhaps you have Adele’s 21 (sporting the 13th track Hiding My Heart), all 14 tracks of Bloc Party’s Four, the original edition of Beyonce’s (and you’re annoyed with the re-ordered tracklisting of the re-release edition), Body Talk Pt. 1Body Talk Pt. 2, and Body Talk from Robyn’s Body Talk series, or you saw behind Miley Cyrus’ antics and brought Bangerz, then my friend you are an ALBUM person! You have more interests in pursuing music than casual listeners, and you can proudly call yourself a FAN of these artists whose albums you purchased. You tell me that you love music, and I nod, shake your hand, and give you a tap on the shoulder. Kudos! Now join me as I transport myself to the astral plane with The Chemical Brothers’ Further on hand.

You own albums in various forms: cassettes, CDs, vinyls, and digital. Great, man! I scroll through them and see Boiling Point by Tech N9NE, Recovery by Eminem, Welcome to Mollywood 2 by Problem, Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj, and Dice Game by Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson. You watch my eyes hop from one album to another, and when I’m done you immediately say “I only listen to hip-hop.” I’m not going to slant you for your preferred choice of genre, but the next time you tell me that you love music hear me reply, “Yeah! I’m a food lover but I don’t eat meat.” Sure, you know the ins and outs of the genre, you know the history of it from inception to how it applies to the current music scene, you know the rivalries, who used whose samples, and the ripping offs among the genre’s artists, but you only know about that genre. Other types of music is unfamiliar territory. Taken out of the comfort of your hood, you’ll be beaten, robbed, and left on the streets with black eyes and bruises. You’re not totally a loser though, you got both a right and a wrong. Right? You LOVE. Wrong? Music. Instead, you should proclaim from here on out, “I love INSERT GENRE HERE.”

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